On Another Level: Me Before You

Spoiler Review: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Title: Me Before You
Author: Jojo Moyes
Pages: 369
Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books/Viking
Publish Date: December 31, 2012
Genre: Adult Romance

Synopsis: Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.
What Lou doesn't know is she's about to lose her job or that knowing what's coming is what keeps her sane.
Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he's going to put a stop to that.
What Will doesn't know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they're going to change the other for all time.

This will be a spoiler review. Caution, spoilers ahead. You have been warned. 

I just finished this book and, as I’m writing this review, I’m still crying. Oh my goodness, this was an emotional journey for me as a reader. Me Before You is definitely something that will stick with me for a long while.

Do I even need to say it? I loved this book. I have books that I love, but then there’s Me Before You which is on an entirely different level. It’s beautiful.

The letter at the very end that Will wrote to Lou was what really got me bawling. And the letter from the Crown Prosecution Service, I did not have dry eyes. I still had some small hope that Will would decide to not go through it and kill himself, but nope.

As I said before, this book was on a whole new level from anything else I’ve read. It was sad but at the same time it was hopeful almost. Lou was finding herself while caring for this man that could be a jerk at times. I can’t really get my thoughts into words.

Will. Dear, sweet, Will, bless his soul. I loved his character even though I’m kind of mad at him for what he felt that he had to do. I totally understand, but I loved him as a character. I was really hoping that Lou would change his mind. He felt as if he needed to kill himself, but he didn’t have to. Yes, he was depressed but I wish he would have saw the light in things.

I do love Lou as a character. I love her personality, with her peculiarity and odd choice of clothing. She has a good heart.

I liked the relationship that Lou had with Treena. Though, I disliked Treena from the beginning. She’s a brat that always gets her way. Sorry. Their sisterly relationship was just captured so perfectly. It was a strained relationship, but they still loved each other.

Hated Patrick from the beginning. I knew he was bad news and I just wished Lou would have broken up with him sooner. If I ever meet him, I would punch him in the face. He was too obsessed with working out and then finishing 157th, like dude, you need a new passion because you kind of suck. And then he called the reporters and told them about Will. Jerk move, Patrick, jerk move. That was a low blow.

I really enjoyed the setting. It was very descriptive. The castle sounded really cool. I would love to go there. It’s probably a real place, now that I think about it.

This book was incredibly well-written and told such a sad, yet beautiful story. I loved it from the beginning. It hooked me, and I found it almost impossible to put it down. It was a very emotional story which just means that everyone needs to read it. It’s just beautiful.

About the Author

Jojo Moyes is a British novelist.
Moyes studied at Royal Holloway, University of London. She won a bursary financed by The Independent newspaper to study journalism at City University and subsequently worked for The Independent for 10 years. In 2001 she became a full time novelist.
Moyes' novel Foreign Fruit won the Romantic Novelists' Association (RNA) Romantic Novel of the Year in 2004.
She is married to journalist Charles Arthur and has three children.